Organized by:
 
In partnership with:
William D. Talbert III, CDME
President & CEO
Greater Miami Convention
& Visitors Bureau
Steven Haas
Chair
Greater Miami Convention
& Visitors Bureau


Our collective thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Haiti and their friends and families in Miami and elsewhere as they recover from the tragic events of January 12. Needless to say, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) recognizes its responsibility in assisting, and is launching a comprehensive recovery effort on behalf of the hospitality industry to supplement the various efforts already underway. Because the needs are great and expected to last for quite some time, “Miami Tourism 4 Haiti” will be a long-term sustained effort that will demonstrate this industry’s commitment to this cause.

As we have all heard, the dire short-term need is fund raising so we will focus initially on raising money to be funneled to the American Red Cross as a first responder. One of our goals is to capture and measure, as much as possible, the hospitality industry’s contribution through the American Red Cross so they have set-up a dedicated account. For on-line donations, we ask that you please use this link: http://American.RedCross.org/GMCVB. You may also mail your check payable to:

American Red Cross
f/b/o GMCVB Haiti Relief Effort
335 SW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33135
(Please include GMCVB Haiti Relief Effort in the memo section as well)

 

In addition to this immediate effort, we have developed several longer term initiatives and are asking our hotels, restaurants, attractions and museums — in partnership with the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) — to participate in them.

 

“Add-On, Add-Up” — We have asked our hotels, restaurants, attractions and museums to provide their guests with a small card describing our efforts and asking for their optional donation in various nominal amounts to be added to their bill (i.e. $1, $5, $10, other). The GMCVB will provide all necessary printed materials and signage and the member would reconcile their collections at the end of the month and send a check to the American Red Cross at the above address.

 

The following initiatives are for our hotel members.

“Be a Knight, Give a Night” — With the many needs in Haiti, there will be a need to secure room nights for rescue workers, evacuated expats, families of those receiving medical care in Miami, etc. We are asking hotels to consider donating room nights at their properties to help us fulfill the many requests that are being made. Of course, rooms would be subject to availability and other limitations or other restrictions as you see fit.

 

We fully recognize that many of you are undertaking your own efforts but our hope is that these are complementary. Greater Miami's tourism industry will continue to do everything we can to help Haiti recover and rebuild. If you would like to have an upcoming fundraising event listed on this web site, please email: HaitiRelief@GMCVB.com.